Kicking off the Nissan Terra’s promotional activities in the Philippines, Nissan showcased it in a camouflaged avatar at the 2018 Trans Sport Show last week. Here are the new SUV’s live images from the show, courtesy Autoindustriya.com.
The Nissan Terra was first introduced in China, where the market launch took place just last month. The new frame-based SUV is essentially a PPV based on the third generation Nissan Navara. It is the successor to the Nissan Paladin, which most markets know as the Nissan Xterra. The name Nissan plans to use in markets other than China, including the Philippines, is currently unknown.
The Nissan Terra falls in the same class as the Ford Everest (Ford Endeavour), Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Isuzu MU-X. It was expected to arrive as a 7-seat SUV, but that didn't happen. It is a 5-seat mid-size SUV, but maybe that’s the case only for China. In other markets, Nissan could offer an additional row of seats to make it a 7-seat SUV, at least optionally. Ford does the same with its direct competitor Ford Everest (Ford Endeavour).
In China, the Nissan Terra is powered by the QR25 2.5-litre petrol engine that develops 135 kW (184 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 251 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic are the transmission choices. A 4WD system is optional. In other markets, the company may offer the diesel engines from the Nissan Navara. The one-tonne pickup truck is available with the YS23DDT 2.3L, YS23DDTT 2.3L and YD25DDTi 2.5L diesel engines.
The Nissan Terra is currently produced only in China. Production bases for the Philippines and other markets are still unknown. Earlier it was expected that the new SUV will roll off the assembly line in Samutprakarn, Thailand, where the Nissan Navara is also made. Thailand and Indonesia are also in the queue for the new frame SUV.
[Image Source: Autoindustriya.com]